Pagunsan stirs up local hopes

Thu 20 Nov 2014

Pagunsan stirs up local hopes

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Manila, November 20: Smooth swinger Juvic Pagunsan was smiling from ear to ear after emerging as the leading Filipino after the opening round of the Resorts World Manila Masters presented by 918.com on Thursday.
The 2011 Asian Tour Order of Merit champion produced what looked like an effortless five-under-par 67 to lie two shots behind co-leaders Mardan Mamat of Singapore and Japan’s Daisuke Kataoka at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club.
Compatriot Antonio Lascuna fired a 68 in his quest for a maiden Asian Tour victory but Angelo Que, fifth on the Order of Merit, struggled to a 76 to leave himself with an uphill task to make the halfway cut in what is the richest tournament in the Philippines.
Pagunsan was delighted with his effort where he birdied three of the four par fives at the Masters course.
“It’s a really good start. I just played well. I didn’t think about whether I shot birdies or bogeys. It’s either bad or good, I just want to go out to play,” said Pagunsan, whose lone Asian Tour win was in 2007.
“I just kept my focus on every shot, just tried to hit fairways and hit the greens and make two putts. If I got lucky, I would make a one-putt for birdie.”
Pagunsan played three practice rounds here last week in preparation for the tournament and early preparation showed as he did not drop a single bogey.
“It’s a good score, and it could have been better as I missed a few shots. I played here three times last week as I skipped a tournament in Japan. If I have a chance to win this week, I’ll take it. I just need to keep my focus. It’s all about hitting good shots. If I have a chance, I’ll take it,” said Pagunsan.
After winning the Order of Merit, Pagunsan has plied his trade primarily in Japan but the Filipino said he would start playing more on the Asian Tour again next season.
“Next year, my plan is to play more on the Asian Tour. I discussed this with my manager recently and we’ll play the Asian Tour and Japan Tour. That’s my plan,” he said.
Sponsors of the Resorts World Manila Masters include Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club, Bally Technologies, Aristocrat, International Gaming Technology, Renoir Implementation Services, Marriott, Philippine Airlines, Maybank, PLDT and Avis.
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